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Sound Off: We need productive debate

The following is what our readers sounded off about this week:

We need productive debate
I have been reading Sound Off for many years, and I am concerned about much of the misinformed rhetoric. With so many issues, from skyrocketing property taxes to immigration reform to our Second Amendment, we must start considering more facts and less rhetoric and the larger picture, if our democracy is to continue to be the best form of government the world has known. In the coming weeks, I will be posting some facts, historic context and thought-provoking questions to encourage productive debate.

The sign has got to go
To the caller of "Remove the arrow" – the left-turn arrow at Randall and Bolcum is great. But we totally agree the left-turn-on-arrow-only sign has to go. If anyone knows what we need to do to get that sign removed, please count us in.

Go to Springfield on your own
I'm calling in regard to some of the parents who are concerned about their children from a certain school going to Springfield, and they think it's educational. I'll agree on that, since I am in education, but with a tight budget and with the things going on within the school district, I think the children can get an education within that classroom. If the parents really want this trip to Springfield, let the parents pay for this, instead of taking it out of the school budget.

Enough is enough
There's an old song, I think it's by Peter, Paul and Mary, in which they say "when will they ever learn?" And I'm starting to wonder when will us Americans ever learn? We've been in war after war after war – wars that have destroyed people, and we're still killing people with drones. And what gets me is that the press is now getting on board with Obama. Why don't they call it the Obama regime? They call it the Assad regime. He's not a regime; it's a sovereign country of Syria, just like we are America. The press is helping Obama beat the war drums by calling it the Assad regime. We ought to call it the Obama regime, that wants to go up and start wars all over the world with other people. The American people have to say no. Enough is enough.

Just like heaven
In the movie "Field of Dreams," my favorite line is where the ghost is asking Kevin Costner, "Is this heaven?" Kevin Costner answers no, this is Iowa. And then Kevin Costner asks, what is heaven? And he says heaven is where there's love and fun and peace and happiness. Just an absolutely great place where you want to be. I can tell you that right here in St. Charles, I was just at Ray's Evergreen Tap for a Bears game. I felt like saying, "Is this heaven?" They have all that, and more.

Keeping it simple
I just wanted to say people spend too much time bickering over little, tiny details, like whether a person has "passed away" or "died." We need to try and focus on keeping it simple, trying to learn to appreciate and understand another person's viewpoint, even though it might not agree with ours. God put us on this earth to be with other people, to share, to love and to do what we can for our fellow man.

Never give up
This is regarding Batavia School District 101. I would encourage all parents and citizens of the Batavia School District to continue to bring your issues and concerns before the board of education. I was deeply grieved to learn that central office administrators believe that parents do not care whether their children's teachers are experienced teachers or teachers right out of school. I do care that my child has an experienced teacher, and I do believe that we need to keep experienced teachers in District 101. My daughter graduated college magna cum laude because of the experienced teachers she had in the Batavia public schools. Her most outstanding teachers have retired by now; however, they had a lasting impact on her life. I encourage parents and citizens to bring every concern before the board, as many times as it takes, so they will listen. Never give up on the issues that you have.

We appreciate the effort
I wanted to say thank you to all the people who worked so hard through all the heat, inclement weather and all the danger, with cars whizzing by, to make our Main Street in St. Charles so beautiful. What a pleasure it is to drive from Seventh Avenue to Kirk Road without a bump in the road. Just when we thought it was an endless job, you finished it. I just wanted you all to know how much we all appreciate your efforts.

Now she's forceful
I just heard a Hillary Clinton quote on the radio, where she was being very forceful and aggressive, in regard to the situation in Syria. This is happening when she is no longer in government. If only she could have had a fraction of this righteousness and forthrightness when four American citizens were killed in Benghazi under her watch as secretary of state.

Clean up after your dog
I am turning the corner in front of the Fourth Street school building, and I noticed a big pile of dog doo doo, and I wish whoever owns the dog would please clean up after it. It happens way too often, and it's really inconsiderate, especially when small children come to the little park on Fourth Street. Whoever is doing this, please stop.

• You can sound off, as well, by calling our Sound Off line at 630-845-5240 or by sending an e-mail to Calls must be limited to 1 minute or less.


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